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Man gets prison for burglary, fight with deputy

A Sams Valley man was sentenced to more than five years in prison after admitting to wielding a road flare and a shank while attacking a sheriff's deputy during a burglary last month.

Michael Dean McCarty, 33, was convicted of felony assault, burglary and firearm charges Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court for an Oct. 13 altercation with the deputy that required a neighbor's help apprehending him.

At just after 8 a.m. Oct. 13, Deputy John Brackett called for backup during a physical struggle with McCarty, who was wearing a black plastic bag and wielding a handmade shank and the flare while at a home in the 9100 block of Highway 234. 

When Brackett first contacted him, McCarty got in a fighting stance and removed a cap from the flare with his teeth. Brackett shot a Taser, went hands-on with McCarty and rolled on the ground with him for several minutes until neighbors arrived on scene to assist him in apprehending McCarty.

By the time backup arrived, Brackett's right hand was cut and bleeding between his thumb and forefinger, his body camera had fallen off and he was covered in vegetation and grass stains from the fight. He told another deputy he was unsure whether he had been stabbed through the vest with the shank, court documents say.

The previous evening, a homeowner nearby caught McCarty sleeping on a bedroom floor in the 9200 block of Highway 234. The owner was able to snap a photo of McCarty, then woke him up and asked him what he was doing before McCarty fled into the woods.

McCarty was sentenced to 61 months in prison after entering a no-contest plea to a felony charge of attempted first-degree assault, and guilty pleas to felony charges of assaulting a public safety officer, first-degree burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. 

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Man gets prison for burglary, fight with deputy